Toronto International Film Festival is becoming the go to festival with more than 200 movies screened. The festival offers equal dose of A-List blockbusters and cool new Indy features. Standouts at TIFF usually garner Oscar nominations.
Here is our list of 7 stand out films from the festival.
It stars the always stellar Kate Winslet and a brooding Josh Brolin. The film based on the 2009 novel by Joyce Maynard, was directed by Jason Reitman (Juno). The story involves a depressed woman who likes to bake pies who takes in a fugitive murderer and falls in love with him. The story is a bit uneven but Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet can make anything work.
Is a film co-produced and co-edited by Alfonso Cuaron (Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban). Its a 3D Sci-Fi that stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. They play astronauts stuck out in space after their space shuttle gets destroyed. I know it’s difficult to imagine Sandra Bullock as an astronaut but she actually does an incredible job. Framestore, the British special effects company spent more than three years creating most of the film’s visual effects, which comprise over 80 of its 91 minutes. They will probably receive some awards this season for this one.
August Osage County
This is a dark comedy adapted from a play by Tracy Letts, that received a Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for best drama. It’s about a hot day in August in Oklahoma. A very dysfunctional family comes together for a funeral. It’s produced by George Clooney and Bob and Harvey Weinstein, and stars Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep. So right off out of the gate you can assume that this one is aimed at the award season.
This Indy film was produced in Canada It was screened in the Special Presentation section at TIFF. It’s about the husband of a woman who is in jail for cheating on him with a 14 year old boy. It’s a dark comedy, obviously.
Man Of Tai Chi
We love Martial Arts films and this one is an artsy take on the genre by the directorial debut of Keanu The film is Reeves’s directorial debut. It’s based loosely on the life of stunt man Tiger Chen (stuntman for Matrix movies). It’s about a good guy who turns bad and becomes good again while winning a whole lot of fights.